jlw — 2014-06-23T14:55:35-04:00 — #1
steampunkbanana — 2014-06-23T15:04:41-04:00 — #2
It does seem to be the most useful thing shown...
scottbelyea — 2014-06-23T15:11:22-04:00 — #3
Ah, you betray your youth with that comment.
I can recall a few ... well, a good many years ago being disappointed in early September that last year's "geometry set" was still intact and usable, and that I wouldn't have to buy a new one.
cerandor — 2014-06-23T15:12:25-04:00 — #4
Is this a premium item now? I remember when it was more or less standard issue for schoolchildren in the U.K....
anthony_miles — 2014-06-23T15:18:46-04:00 — #5
All British children own/ed one of these. I think they cost about $5 in the UK.
jorpho — 2014-06-23T15:27:59-04:00 — #6
Indeed, the tin is nice, but I've found metal straightedges to be considerably superior to plastic. And compasses which used their own lead as opposed to gripping a pencil tended to be superior as well, albeit slightly inconvenient. At least the compass doesn't use one of those finncky screw-locking mechanisms. Ah, memories.
jlw — 2014-06-23T15:34:50-04:00 — #7
Here in America every kid gets one of these:
It is height adjustable and grows with you into adulthood.
thorpemeister — 2014-06-23T15:38:09-04:00 — #8
So how tall is the bear when the kid reaches adulthood?
jlw — 2014-06-23T15:39:01-04:00 — #9
Depends on how often and what you feed them.
steampunkbanana — 2014-06-23T15:39:11-04:00 — #10
The bear keeps growing, forever feeding on the regrets of your youth.
jlw — 2014-06-23T15:41:12-04:00 — #11
Imagine what she must of done.
medievalist — 2014-06-23T15:44:28-04:00 — #12
Jason, if you like that tin, you might want to pick up a long-pack of Schimmelpenninck duets.
I keep a set of 20 or so needle files & their handle in mine.
The cigars are pretty good, too.
steampunkbanana — 2014-06-23T15:59:43-04:00 — #13
She's a model, all they ever eat is the regrets of their youth.
jerwin — 2014-06-23T16:14:22-04:00 — #14
Wow. In America, are the streets really paved with gold?
shuck — 2014-06-23T17:11:14-04:00 — #15
It's also the most expensive part of the kit, ironically. Nothing shown is worth more than $0.40, retail. The mark-up on nostalgia, however, is obviously enormous...
jerwin — 2014-06-23T20:06:34-04:00 — #16
Flimsy screw? A compass shouldn't be flimsy-- thats why the arms are secured open with a screw.
sockdoll — 2014-06-23T20:13:33-04:00 — #17
"Why, yes, now that you mention it. I just happen to have a protractor right here."
jerwin — 2014-06-23T20:27:23-04:00 — #18
My ardor for you become ever more acute!
timquinn — 2014-06-23T20:43:20-04:00 — #19
Nah, it's fake gold leaf re-applied semi-annually. We're not idiots, you know.
adamcreen — 2014-06-24T01:30:05-04:00 — #20
For maths teachers (sorry, math, I'm in the UK where the tin is sold) this is the worst thing a student can buy.
2 set squares and a stencil, none of which they need; a tiny pencil, when they need a decent HB for all their drawing; and a tiny ruler when they need 30cm (12 inches) for most construction work.
In UK exams, they are not allowed the tin, as all equipment must be in a clear pencilcase.
Shops sell it for anywhere between £4 and £10, while at my school for £2 ($3.41) we sell a large pencilcase with everything they do need, and it's allowed in exams. It's a fool parent who shells out for this retro rubbish.
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